January 2020

Now & Then highlights UBC History news/events for students, faculty, staff & alumni

UBC History Website

Happy 2020, we have a new website! 

It's a great start for UBC History, with a fresh new website highlighting important information for our student, faculty, and alumni community.

Keep up with the latest student and faculty research, alumni interviews, lectures and events, and general news and achievements. 


Have feedback on the new website? Fill out the survey here.

Student Focus

Interview with Killam Doctoral Scholarship Winner, Sarah Fox

We interviewed PhD student Sarah Fox to go beyond the “what does this award mean to you?”question and learn more about her success in academia.

For Sarah, there are two key ingredients: community & mentorship.

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Peer Tutoring for History Essays

The Department of History has peer writing tutors for those who need assistance or a second opinion on their history essay. Our peer tutors are happy to review your drafts and discuss ways to improve your paper.

Stop by during scheduled hours or email peerwritingtutors@gmail.com

Faculty Spotlight

Meet Kristie Flannery, UBC History's New Postdoctoral Fellow

"My goal is to work as a historian teaching the global history of empire to university students and continuing to produce world-class research."

Kristie joins UBC as the recipient of the Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.

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Emeritus Professor Peter Ward's New Book

The Clean Body: A Modern History discusses the history of the hygiene revolution in Europe and North America. Learn More.


Podcast Interview
with Sebastian Prange

Learn more about Sebastian's book "Monsoon Islam" on a recent podcast episode of New Books Network - Islamic Studies. Listen here.


Podcast Interview
with Jessica Wang

Check out "Episode 133: Mad Dogs and Other New Yorkers, or, Rabies in the City" on the Historically Thinking Podcast. Listen here.

Alumni News

Next stop: Law School - Q&A with Emily Dishart

It wasn’t long ago that Emily Dishart, a 2019 History graduate, was finding her passion for Indigenous History at UBC. Now she’s working on the next step in her academic career — studying Law at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops.

Find out how Emily is applying her historical education and interest in Indigenous history to her future career. Read Q&A.

Are you a history graduate interested in politics?

The Parliamentary Internship Programme provides ten university graduates the opportunity to work on Parliament Hill from September until June. Each intern works for an opposition and government Member of Parliament. Interns also get the opportunity to participate in academic seminars and study tours within Canada and abroad.

Apply now - deadline is January 31st, 2020.

Winter Courses 2020

Jan 8, 2020

Public Humanities Hub talk: George Luks, Mark Twain and the Comic Grotesque”

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Jan 14, 2019

FHIS Talk: Misplaced Things: Trabal’s Odd Economy in The Man Who Lost Himself (1929)

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Jan 16, 2020

STS & MEMRC Lecture: Before Economics Became the Dismal Science: Hume on the Rise of Capitalism

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Jan 22, 2020

Hong Kong Studies Screening: The Greatest Wedding on Earth

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Jan 23, 2020

Arts Career Conversations: Preparing for life after university one conversation at a time - The Art of Tech

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Jan 24, 2020

HKSI Talk: British Dominance in the Canton Trade and Its Consequences, 1784–1833

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Jan 30, 2020

STS Lecture: Title TBA by speaker Adam Frank, UBC.

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Feb 5, 2020

History event for undegraduate & graduate students: History Careers Night

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